Hemp company Freedom Cannabis built a solar power station
Cannabis farming in Canada is considered an energy-intensive industry. The production of 500 grams of marijuana from raw materials grown indoors using traditional cultivation methods requires about 2000 kW of electricity. To reduce costs, commercial institutions decided to use alternative sources of electricity.
Cannabis will be grown on solar energy
Canadian hemp firm Freedom Cannabis has built one of the country’s largest solar power plants. It consists of 4,574 solar cells, which are capable of producing up to 1830 kW / h. The co-founder of the enterprise, Troy Desuart, commented on the news about the project: “We are obliged to minimize the damage that hemp breeding does to the environment. Installing solar panels will save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,041 tons.”
Construction of a solar power station will pay off in eight years
2.5 million dollars were spent on the construction of the facility. Freedom Cannabis will save about $ 300,000 a year in energy bills, so the firm will start making profits from solar panels in only eight years. In addition, solar energy will account for only 8% of the total electricity consumption of the enterprise.
Most Canadian licensed companies cultivate cannabis indoors, and 70% of illegal growers grow cannabis in the outdoor. Therefore, marijuana costs 40% less on the black market than in stores.
Hemp farms worsen the ecological situation
The electricity consumed by American hemp farms in 2017 would be enough for 92,500 households. Canadian businesses have consumed as much electricity over the same period as 1.7 million households spend. In the future, the situation will only worsen, because experts at the New Frontier Data research agency predict that the cannabis industry will increase electricity consumption by 162% by 2022.
California scientists argue that cultivating cannabis in open fields is also harmful to the environment, as farmers destroy animal habitats and use large amounts of water to irrigate fields, which leads to drainage of water bodies and pollution of rivers. The New Mexico State Government was the first to address existing issues and draft legislation to regulate the cultivation of cannabis. Compliance is monitored by a state committee.